Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis has praised the Shire’s residents for their recycling efforts.
“Currently our residents recycling habits are better than the state average with 48 per cent of our waste being diverted away from landfill,” he said.
“This is good news and a great result and has been helped by Council offering a kerbside green waste collection service.
“There is, however, more we can do as a community to increase that diversion rate.
“This is where the North Queensland Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan will come into play.”
Cr Lowis said the plan had been finalised and all councils – Burdekin, Townsville, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook – would work together to manage waste.
“This plan sets out how our local communities will manage waste in the future and meet waste reduction targets,” he said.
“It aims to provide a coordinated approach to promote waste avoidance and waste reduction, modernise waste management and encourage efficiencies across our region.
“Generally the plan acknowledges that a portion of our community needs to change its attitude that everything can be put into landfill and forgotten about.
“Landfills are costly so there is a need to find alternatives. We need to minimise the amount of waste generated in our Shire and recycling is the most cost efficient option.
“There were many alternate options for waste disposal costed in the development of the waste plan, including waste-to-energy plants.
“The first step is to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and this is something everyone in our community can help with.”
Cr Lowis said the NQ Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan contained an action plan for the Burdekin Shire.
“Some of those actions include encouraging local businesses with innovation and developing opportunities for waste management solutions, looking for improvements in waste services and providing regional market development initiatives for recycled material,” he said.
Residents can view the NQ Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan on Council’s website